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Swagelok Albany | Connecticut

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Orbital Welding

Orbital Welding Training is a five-day class that teaches students basic welding principles and the fundamentals of orbital welding. Attendees will learn to set up, operate, and troubleshoot equipment, and critique weld quality. The class features Swagelok M200 power supply and weld heads. Students have the option to stay for the fifth day and create welds that will be submitted for ASME Section IX qualification.

Course Overview

The five-day course consists of lectures and hands-on activities to develop an understanding of orbital welding principles. Upon completion of the program, a theoretical and a practical exam will be administered. A certificate of completion will be granted when both exams have been completed successfully.*

On the fifth day, participants will test for ASME Section IX qualification. This can be used to fulfill QA/QC requirements for the participant's company.

Upon completion of the course, students will each receive a reference workbook, user's manual, and signed certificate of completion.

*To pass the theoretical exam, participants must receive a minimum grade of 80%. To pass the practical exam, participants must demonstrate the ability to prepare and weld a tubing system according to a specific drawing without the aid of a facilitator or peer.

Course Objectives

This course instructs the entry-level orbital welder and enhances the welding skill knowledge of the experienced orbital welder in the following areas:

  • Understanding basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) principles
  • How to prepare weld samples to be submitted to ASME for Section IX weld qualification
  • Basic welding background information
  • Basic metallurgy for orbital welding
  • Tungsten electrodes
  • Shielding and backing purge gases and procedures
  • Setup and operation of orbital welding equipment
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Industry weld specifications
  • Orbital weld evaluation
  • A variety of weld procedures through hands-on orbital welding experience on applications from Micro-Fit® fittings to 4 in. diameter tubing

Instructor Qualifications

All program instructors have earned the qualifications of Certified Weld Inspector (CWI) and Certified Weld Educator (CWE) and have a minimum of five years' experience in orbital welding instruction.

Who Should Attend This Course

  • Welders or weld operators
    • With orbital welding experience desiring to upgrade their skills or learn about welding under ASME qualifications
    • Without orbital welding experience who want to learn the technique
  • Supervisors of orbital welding operations
  • Engineers who design systems that include orbital welding
  • Quality assurance and quality control personnel wishing to learn about weld quality